Sinkhole around pool deck moments before condo collapsed.
Built 1981 with 130 units at 8777 Collins Ave., 99 still missing
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Rescuers did not immediately find Cassondra “Cassie” Billedeau-Stratton, 40, who was staying on the fourth floor of the doomed Surfside, Florida condo complex, when she frantically called her husband and described the massive sink hole beneath their fourth-floor unit that had once been the building’s swimming pool.
Sad, but you can se a TV on in an upper floor Condo as it collapses….
Will this effect real estate values along the Beach?
A 12-story oceanfront condo tower partially collapsed early Thursday morning in the town of Surfside, spurring a massive search-and-rescue effort with dozens of rescue crews from across Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
The ocean-facing portion of Champlain Towers South Condo, completed in 1981 with 130 units at 8777 Collins Ave., collapsed around 1:30 a.m., leaving a heap of rubble and trapping residents asleep in their beds inside.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava addressed the media in front of a backdrop of thunder and lightning.
“It’s the unimaginable,” she said. “A massive search and rescue mission is underway.”
Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Ray Jadallah says 55 units in the Northeast corridor of the building collapsed, and 35 survivors were pulled out. Ten were treated at the scene, two were transported to the hospital.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett confirmed at least one person has died. Authorities anticipate more fatalities but wouldn’t speculate at the number.
Just after 8 a.m., Frank Rollason, director of Miami-Dade Emergency Management, told the Miami Herald emergency workers believe they have cleared all survivors from inside the tower, which has more than 130 apartments. He said more than 70 of the units have been destroyed or damaged.
“Everyone who is alive is out of the building,” he told the Miami Herald.
Several people have gathered at the town’s community center, where the Red Cross is assisting those who are waiting to hear about missing loved ones. Burkett said the building manager does not keep a log of residents, but logs visitors. First responders are using the list to try and account for the missing.
“They brought dogs who can sniff for survivors in the rubble,” said Surfside Commissioner Eliana Salzhauer. “They aren’t turning up very much. No one is celebrating anyone being pulled out.”
Salzhauer said the building was beginning its 40-year recertification, and the building’s roof was being redone, but it is unknown if any construction activity contributed to the disaster.
Al menos un muerto y 51 desaparecidos en el colapso de un edificio de 12 plantas frente a la playa de Miami
“Los pisos del edificio colapsaron literalmente uno encima del otro”, dicen las autoridades tras el derrumbe parcial, que pudo afectar a 55 viviendas. “Todos los que están vivos están fuera del edificio”, lamenta un rescatista.